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To be frank ya gotta love Aussie Pollies and their love for an opportunity.  They’re all part of that unique breed of people that want to make the world a better place… or perhaps just everyday people with a ego larger than Penfolds magnum (we’ll come back to that in a minute) and a greater desire to serve themselves than the constituents that put them there in the first place.

We all know by now that well-loved NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell got caught, and called himself out of the game yesterday.  It appears he got caught with his hand in the honeypot, or should I say, his mouth around the bottle.  He can’t remember it though.  It sure is amazing how none of these pollies can ever remember these things ever happened.

I don’t know about you, but if it were me, I’d sure as shit remember enjoying a $3200 bottle of red wine… blimey I would have been facebooking selfies and keeping the bottle for the pool room to remember the night that was.  Yep, it must’ve been quite the night if he forgot it! Barry, if you can’t remember, are you sure it was only one bottle?

It’s a bit like Craig Thompson, well, not really.  Craig forgot a lot of things, not just a bottle of wine.  Not only did he forget to keep his thing in his pants and his government credit card in his pocket he forgot a whole series of seedy nights out with a few dozen prostitutes!  Now maybe I could forget drinking a $3200 bottle of Grange, depending on how much I drank afterwards, but I’m damn sure I wouldn’t forget a wild night cheating on my wife and kids with a $2 hooker!  Of course he then proceeded to lie to us afterwards… Shame shame shame as Derryn Hinch would say!

And finally, the other one that comes to mind is the man that drank a political career ending wine… In what has to be a much more worthy tale,  Queensland MP and head of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee, Peter (now known as Big Pete) Dowling, had to resign after he texted a woman full-frontal shots of his genitals.  Yep, a photo of his penis dipped in a glass of red wine, and THEN a photo of him reportedly grinning while about to drink it.

I don’t know what you think… but Barry’s problems will no doubt be forgotten much faster than these ones.

Don’t worry Barry, you take your 17% super and enjoy your long consulting career and all the red wine you can drink.

Tobe Frank

Tobe Frank is a recently retired 62 year old gentleman with many views. He has grand ambitions for his retirement he just isn't sure what they are yet and is constantly looking around to find them. Tobe shares his views on Starts at Sixty regularly as one of our columnists.

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